Outdoors notebook

Larry Woody • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Life jacket warning: Despite an ongoing campaign to educate the boating public about the use of personal flotation devices that save live, TWRA officials continue to encounter violators.

State regulation requires one Coast Guard-approved flotation device to be aboard and “readily accessible” for each passenger. Having the life jackets stored in a compartment does not meet the requirement; most boating accidents occur suddenly and passengers may not have time to get a life jacket that’s stored away.

Also, youngsters 12 and under must wear a life jacket any time the boat is moving – including trolling, paddling or even drifting.

When fishing immediately below dams, life jackets must be worn at all times by all passengers.

BUI warning: The TWRA is making Boating Under the Influence a point of emphasis this summer, and reminds boaters that the same laws regarding operating an automobile while impaired apply to operating a boat.

Local trap shoot: The Cedar City Gun Club holds a weekly trap shoot that is open to the public. For information about the shoot or other area shooting events contact Ben Schade at the Gun Club.

Poaching hotline: Anyone with information about suspected poaching activity is encouraged to contact the TWRA or call the 24-hour poaching hotline (1-800-255-8972).

All information will remain confidential.

WMA deadline: Applications for this fall’s elk hunt and other WMA big-game hunts is July 24. Application instruction sheet lists locations for all quote hunts, including the elk hunt, and can be obtained at any TWRA license agent, TWRA office or online at the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org


July 24: WMA quota hunt-application deadline

July: Trapping & Hunting Guide comes out

August: fall squirrel season opens

Sept.: deer archery season opens

PHOTOS WELCOME: Caught a big bass or bluegill, or bagged a spring gobbler? Share your favorite outdoors photos with readers of The Lebanon Democrat by e-mailing them to andy.reed@lebanondemocrat.com

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